Kathryn Joosten Dies at 72
Emmy winner Kathryn Joosten died of lung cancer Saturday. She was 72.
The actress, best known for her function on Desperate Housewives as plucky neighbor Karen McCluskey and as The West Wing‘s secretary Mrs. Landingham, was surrounded by family members and friends in Westlake Village, Calif., at the time of her death.
“Kathryn passed away this morning immediately after a valiant fight against her cancer,” Nadine Jolson, Joosten’s rep, told E! News. “Her household was with her. Funeral arrangements are pending. This is a terrible loss, and she fought as hard as she could.”
Joosten was a former smoker, who survived a bout with lung cancer in 2001, and had a another cancerous growth successfully removed from her lung in 2009 as she ready for her fifth season of Housewives.
“She’ll be back to her feisty old self, chasing her old man down the street any day now,” her rep told People at the time. Joosten was also a vocal advocate for lung cancer awareness and study.
Kicking off her career as an actor at the age of 42, she was first a psychiatric nurse. Scoring small roles on Dharma and Greg, My Name is Earl, Ally McBeal, it was her comedic contributions to Wisteria Lane that her earned the Outstanding Guest Actress Emmy in 2005 and 2008. Housewives ended its run on ABC final month – Joosten’s character passed away in the series finale.
Her costar Felicity Huffman Tweeted Saturday, “All my prayers and enjoy to Katherine (sic) Joosten’s family members. Rest in peace, she was an incredible woman and a fantastic actress.”